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- Pick and roll master? Check.
- Solid long-range shooter? Check.
- Underrated defender with quick hands and a knack for steals? Check.
- Insane work ethic/gym rat? Check.
- Tough-as-nails competitor w/huge heart and brass balls in the clutch? Check.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Can't wait for Beilein to have true stretch 4s like this kid||
Really looking forward to seeing how Wilson and Donnal fit into Coach B's system these next couple of years. They're not the same player by any means -- Wilson's clearly more athletic (THAT'S RAAAACIIIIST!) -- but both bring a lot of the qualities Beilein seems to want in that stretch 4 spot. Both have the length you'd ideally like at the 4 (unlike GRIII and Novak) and are good shooters and ballhandlers -- and both also seem to have pretty polished post-up games for their age (Donnal particularly, but I was surprised to see in this film of Wilson some nice back-to-the-basket moves as well).
What I love about our hoops program right now is that you know as long as these kids are willing to do the work, Beilein, Jordan, Bacari, and Meyer will get every ounce of potential out of them. I wish I could say the same for the football program...
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Wouldn't get your hopes up re: Stauskas||
If he continues this level of play into the tournament, and if he's really projected by league scouts as a definite first-rounder even in this deep draft, I think he goes. Wouldn't blame him, either -- the things he still needs to improve, particularly his athleticism, aren't something that he'll improve with another year of college ball.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||Spike Albrecht, 2015 early entry!||
I kid, I kid. Just having fun with all the draft obession on the board today.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||Even better was Trey's game against Miami on Sat.||
In the Jazz's upset of the Heat in SLC on Saturday (game highlights here) Trey had 13 points on 5-11 shooting (3-8 from 3-pt) and 3 assists in just 27 minutes -- oh, and he hit the dagger shot to clinch the game. Ray Allen had hit a 3 with 46 seconds left to close Utah's lead to just 2; Trey responded at the other end with a step-back 19-foot jumper near the end of the shot clock to raise the lead back to 4 w/24 seconds left and essentially seal the victory. (And this was after Trey talked quite a bit w/Allen before the game to get some pointers, as the highlight video linked above shows.)
Trey's clearly fighting his way through the rookie wall right now -- he's played 39 games already, almost as many as he did all of last year including the Final Four run, and he's dealing w/a sore back and other stuff. His shooting percentage is pretty ugly -- shades of his summer league struggles -- so he still has a lot of work to do on his floater and other ways of scoring once he gets in the paint among the trees. But this guy at ESPN seems to think Trey will be OK in the long-term because of the maturity of his game:
I get all misty-eyed thinking of how good Michigan BB would this year if Trey and TH Jr were still in school -- but it has been awfully fun to track their early success in the league this year. For the first time in years, I'm actually interested in the NBA again!
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Devin didn't need this to clinch a captain spot next year||
Devin's the only returning senior on offense who's a significant contributor -- I can't imagine him not being a captain. (Rawls and Paskorz will be seniors too.) And Jake Ryan's already a captain so he's got next year's spot on defense. It'll be interesting to see if there are any others beyond those two.
Looking again at the depth chart, it's pretty amazing how young our team will still be next year -- the low-point of RichRod's recruiting shows up in next year's seniors. The only plausible senior starters we lose after 2014 are Devin on offense, and JMFR, Morgan, Ramon Taylor, Beyer, Clark, and perhaps Furman on defense. There are some really good players in that group, but I expect pretty big things in 2015-2016 if this coaching staff can develop the talent we've got in the pipeline.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||#MANBRAWL||
w/physicality and toughness
|17 weeks 2 days ago||So what's the ceiling for this team?||
Let me second the good holiday wishes to the whole MGoBlog staff.
Not sure how to think about this season now. I think we all understood another Final Four run was not likely after Trey and Tim's departures, but with McGary and GRIII returning, this team seemed capable (on paper) of making another deep tourney run.
They've still got the talent to beat anyone on any given day, but unless Walton grows up real fast, McGary gets healthy, and Arizona-game-GRIII becomes the new norm, it seems the Sweet Sixteen is probably the ceiling for this group. But I'm curious to hear others' thoughts since I haven't followed hoops too closely yet this season.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||The Rams are likely to draft an offensive tackle||
Not sure why Jake's big contract would keep the Rams from drafting another first-round tackle on the new (lower) rookie pay scale.
A ton of mock drafts have the Rams taking OT Jake Matthews out of A&M with their first pick, which looks likely to be in the top 3 -- it's one of the picks the Redskins owe the Rams from the RGIII trade in the 2012 draft (and boy, is that trade looking better for the Rams every day). If they don't take an offensive tackle there, they have their own first-round pick at around #15 that they could also use on a tackle (and Lewan's being slotted in the mid-first by lots of mock drafts). The Rams moved Rodger Saffold, a tackle they drafted a few years back in the second round, to guard this year (where's he's been pretty good), and he's a free agent who's likely gone after the season for a bigger paycheck somewhere else. This Rams blog has a good run down on their draft needs and the likelihood they take a tackle.
Point is, I think it's pretty likely the Rams come out of the first round with a tackle, whether it's Taylor or someone else.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||As a Cowboy fan who detests Jerry Jones, I hate this||
From a Michigan fan perspective, I'm meh. Better than a MACrifice game, but not as good as a home-and-home, and I hate the growing money-above-all landscape in college football. Whatever.
As a Cowboys fan I hate this. Why? I'm one of the legion of Cowboys fans who is sick of Jerry Jones destroying this franchise while doing his best Al Davis impersonation, thinking he's qualified to be a friggin' GM while the team has won ONE playoff game in the past 17 years. This team will never accomplish anything good again as long as he's pulling the strings. Yet events like this are what will give Jones enough ancillary income from JerryWorld to weather the storm when Dallas fans finally get fed up enough w/the shitty product he's putting on the field to stop going to Cowboys games.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||"Couple" of underclassmen seeking NFL draft opinions?||
Let's assume Gardner's one of them; can't hurt to hear how he needs to improve his stock. But who would be the other junior? Jake Ryan?
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Words fail...||
That was ... bizarre. I can't decide whether this is totally brilliant in some strange, postmodern way, or Exhibit # 8,495,672 for why Western Civilization is doomed.
I can't imagine the amount of money that went into producing this thing. I'm not only thinking of the cash it must've taken to get Snoop, Kate Upton, Larry King on board this crazy train, but all the marketing geniuses who got PAID to come up with this stuff.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Post-up game...||
Your point #1 re: the contrast b/w GRIII's lack of post game and the Big Dog's masterful post game raises a question: Why wouldn't GRIII spend all summer learning his Dad's best post-up moves from the man himself, a la LeBron spending a summer learning post-up moves from Hakeem a couple years ago?
I realize that might not fit into what Beilein wants to do on offense with the 3 or 4 spot, but it seems like a no-brainer option for adding san arrow to GRIII's offensive quiver.
|20 weeks 10 hours ago||Hey, it's defensible||
I ultimately chose the hoops championship, but I wouldn't have posed the question if I didn't think there was a legit case for choosing the win over OSU. I was curious to see for how many people the perception of Michigan as a "football school" first and foremost mattered more. (Or, just hatred for OSU.)
|21 weeks 11 hours ago||Same here, BiY||
I appreciate what Borges said about the passion of the fans and understanding that criticism comes along with the job, and I've always thought he seemed like a good guy. (Heck, he even sat down for an interview with Heiko during the offseason -- can you imagine anybody on Carr's staff taking the time to sit down for a one-on-one interview with a BLOGGER?) Now, I still think he's not the right guy to be the offensive coordinator at U-M going forward -- the whole offensive staff probably needs overhauling -- but as you said, we should always be careful to keep our criticism focused on the coaches' performances and not go after them as people. They work hard and they care about the kids, and they're certainly trying as hard as they can to get things right.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||"Without recruits your ceiling is Dantonio level Sparty"||
After the last couple weeks, I'm sure more than a few people around these parts would see a ceiling of "Dantonio-level Sparty" as an upgrade...
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, it's probably time to retire that meme on this site||
"Brady Hoke poops gold." It was funny for a while...
Anyway, can anyone really say they didn't see this coming once Bama came on strong for this kid? Can you say he didn't make the best decision for himself from a football standpoint?
The vibe around this program is really bad right now. Let's just hope Hoke & Co. can hang on to the good commits we already have (Peppers et al.) until signing day.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Burke to Mavs, pretty please?||
As a Mavericks fan, am I too naive to hope that so many teams will be THAT dumb, and Trey will fall to the Mavs at #13? The Mavs are one of those analytic-obsessed teams and it wouldn't surprise me if they liked MCW better (DraftExpress.com has them taking Carter-Williams in their latest mock). But I sure wouldn't mind seeing Trey working the pick-and-roll with Dirk -- would be a nice consolation prize if the Mavs lose out in the Chris Paul sweepstakes.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Let me second the Smokenator suggestion, and amazingribs.com||
The Smokenator is a pretty damn ingenious contraption for turning your Weber kettle into a smoker.
And as others have noted above, AmazingRibs.com provides a wealth of information on all things 'cue.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, big oversight there - Texas/Texas A&M||
Though perhaps they consciously omitted it b/c they don't play each other anymore since A&M's move to the SEC.
Having grown up in TX among a family full of Aggies, I can testify that is one fierce rivalry -- sort of like cousins in the same family who grudgingly respect but nevertheless can't stand each other. It's some real, good old-fashioned hatred that goes well beyond athletics to embrace the schools' whole cultures (formerly all-military ag school vs. sophisticated flagship university) and locations (boring, ultra-conservative College Station vs. hip, ultra-liberal Austin). As this writer put it: "Longhorns vs. Aggies is about family pride. It’s about farmers vs. city slickers; burnt orange vs. maroon; it’s the Corps vs. the Spurs and Cowboys; horses vs. oil wells. It’s about how we identify ourselves not just in college, but in life. " Damn shame the rivalry had to end.
After that, I'd vote for Alabama-Auburn in terms of pure mutual hatred quotient.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Gotta admit, Notre Dame's is pretty good.||
Nothing equals The Victors; John Philip Sousa called it "the greatest college fight song ever written," and that's all anyone needs to say about that.
But as a musician I'd vote ND's as a clear #2. Much like The Victors, it has a great, catchy melody, and some terrific lyrics -- "wake up the echoes," "shake down the thunder from the sky," all that stuff. And I say this as someone who, though a Catholic, has despised all things ND since I was young. I'd punch that damn leprechaun if I could. Doesn't change the fact it's a great fight song, though.
Having grown up in Texas among a family full of Aggies, I also have a soft spot for the Aggie War Hymn. If you're ever at Kyle Field or watching an A&M game on TV, notice how everyone sways back and forth during the second verse to mimic a saw blade as they sing "saw Varsity's [i.e., UT's] horns off" -- you can feel the whole stadium literally sway, and it gives you goosebumps, I tell ya. As some noted above, it does have a pronounced "little brother" aspect to it, with all the vitriol toward Univ. of Texas in the lyrics. That said, UT's "Texas Fight" (which I'll also admit is quite catchy) also references A&M specifically ("And it's goodbye to A&M").
Damn shame that rivalry had to end, though I dare say A&M has gotten the better outcome of that split so far.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Harping on Trey's size/athleticism so dumb. Stockton, anyone?||
The problem with draftniks is they spend so much time picking apart player's games, looking at measureables, etc., that they start convincing themselves a guy isn't as good a player as the evidence of real games obviously demonstrates. All this nit-picking on Trey's size/athleticism is a perfect example. Dude proved himself all year against top-notch competition and won every player of the year award there is. OK, he's only 6-0 or 6-1 and he's not Allen Iverson-quick, but it's not like Trey is Bobby Hurley either (he went to Sacramento w/the #7 pick).
One NBA comp I've been thinking about for Trey recently is John Stockton. No, I'm not saying Trey is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. But let's run down the list of traits they share:
Stockton was no superior athlete, either, but he was a great offensive PG and also managed to be a solid to very good defender in the NBA -- and that was against a generation of point guards who were no slouches on offense: Magic, Isiah, Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway Sr., Kevin Johnson, et al. (Of course, Stockton could be a pretty dirty player and the refs always looked the other way, which also helped his D.)
I do think there will be a learning curve/adjustment period for Trey as he adapts his game to the pros. But his floor as a pro is extremely high -- solid-if-unspectacular starter -- and despite his lack of "ideal" size/speed, I think his ceiling is still an All-Star-level player.
Now let's just pray he goes to an organization with a coach who'll know how to use him well, and a GM that'll surround him with solid talent.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Umm... really?||
Probably more accurate to say Syracuse's 2-3 matchup zone "shut down" Trey -- it's not like MCW was guarding Trey man-to-man all night. (And for those who think MCW is such a great pro prospect because of his size, check out his stinker in that game - 2 pts, 1-6 from the field -- guy was laying bricks all night, he has no outside shot -- and 2 assists against 5 turnovers.) How many NBA teams will be deploying Boeheim's 2-3 zone against Trey?
Even putting aside my homerism, if I'm an NBA GM I take Trey over Carter-Williams six days a week and twice on Sunday.
|47 weeks 15 hours ago||Reading in 2013, this post/thread is a good laugh||
This was linked somewhere on the front page today so I had a look. Jake Ryan, "sleeper" -- yeah, that worked out pretty well, I'd say.
We should always come back to this post to remind ourselves:
1) Ultimately, you need to trust the talent evaluation skills of your coaches (esp. the current Hoke staff)
2) The recruiting gurus do great work, but they don't know everything -- sometimes they miss out, even on kids from a well-scouted program like St. Ignatius. Jake Ryan, a 2-star!!! Good lord. ..
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Chance to build existing relationships w/football factories||
Thanks for this, Mathlete. You're right that U-M already has a pretty good presence at the best high school programs in this region, particularly Maryland's turf. For example, while it's true we didn't get CB Kendall Fuller or LB Dorian O'Daniel last year or Stefon Diggs the year before, a couple years back we got another cornerback almost as highly ranked from the same Maryland football powerhouse as these kids (Our Lady of Good Counsel) -- a guy named Blake Countess. Maybe the prospect of these kids being able to play a couple games close to home will help Michigan snag one or two extra 4/5-star players from these schools every few years, and that can't hurt.
I'm also excited about the prospect of getting more players out of Virginia. As Green and Hand show, there's some good talent in Va that will consider Michigan if we get in on them early enough, and the chance for them to play some games close to home will help.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||That was a treat||
Damn, he was fun to watch in the maize and blue. It's too bad for us selfish fans that we're in a different era -- can you imagine what kind of year we'd have in store if Trey was coming back?
Still, he made the right decision and I expect him to be a very good NBA PG. As the video shows, he doesn't have ideal NBA size and his iso D needs some work, but Trey is too talented, too hard-working, and too mentally tough not to succeed in the league.
My question, for those of you who follow the NBA more closely (my interest in the Association has waned in recent years): What team (of those that might plausibly draft him) is the best landing spot for Trey? I'd hate to see him go to a team that has no decent talent around him.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Consistency is key for him||
As noted above, when he's on, "Good Timmy" is very good indeed. This is the best case scenario for him -- he gets on one of his hot streaks during the pre-draft workouts and plays himself into a first-round spot. The key for his long-term career in the league will be to eliminate those "Bad Timmy" stretches (e.g., his cold shooting during the Kansas-Florida-Syracuse stretch of the tourney run) -- or at least limit their duration and provide enough defense and rebounding to still add value when his shot's not falling.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||This is actually a good situation for Denard||
Yeah, the Jaguars have been a crappy franchise for a while now, mediocre fanbase, etc. But there's a lot to like for Denard in this situation:
1) He gets to play fairly close to home, at least until the Jags' inevitable relocation.
2) The Jags are a team on the rise. Granted, they have almost nowhere to go but up, but hear me out. They have a new GM, Dave Caldwell, who's been a scout and player personnel guy in Indy and Atlanta, where he learned from two of the best GMs in the business, Bill Polian and Tom Dimitroff. Second, they've got a promising new coach in Gus Bradley, who's been coordinating Seattle's excellent D the past few years. And third, they had what on first glance is a solid draft -- they got their franchise LT in Joeckel, a guy who might turn out to be the best safety in this draft (Cyprien), and two dynamic playmakers in Ace Sanders (whose abilities we know very well from the Outback Bowl) and Denard.
3) It not only sounds like the GM is in love with Denard and has had his eye on him for a while -- it also appears the Jags want to play Denard at the position where a lot of people think he has the best chance to succeed in the league -- RB.
4) Another advantage to being on a (currently) crappy team -- Denard will be assured of getting the time he needs to switch to a new position and adjust to pro football. If he had gone to a team with more talent on its roster, he'd be under more pressure to prove his value on the field more immediately or risk losing his roster spot. That will not be a problem with the Jags.
|1 year 1 day ago||This ^^^||
Even getting one of these guys would be terrific. It'll be tough to pry Hand away from VT and Bud Foster, but if we don't succeed with him, getting Malik McDowell (#2 strongside DE after Hand per Rivals) would be a nice "consolation" prize.
|1 year 1 day ago||Dexter Coakley||
As a Dallas Cowboys fan (alas), I immediately compare all fast, undersized, tackling-machine weakside LBs to Dexter Coakley. He was 5-10 and played around 230 lb. as a pro. Racked up over 600 tackles at Appalachian St., and the Cowboys took him in the third round of the draft. He had 7 consecutive 100+ tackle seasons, and was a three-time Pro Bowler for some truly putrid Cowboys teams in the late '90s-early '00s.
Ross might have a little bit better size if that 6'1" listing is legit, but otherwise he's a very similar player -- great instincts, flys to the ball and lays the wood.
|1 year 1 week ago||Is it worth getting into the double/straight-edge shaving thing?||
I've read lots of great things about it -- see here for example ... just not sure I want to commit that much time and effort to shaving, especially since I'm not a morning person.